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May 5, 2013

Sooners hang on, win in 10th inning

CHARLESTON, W.V. — Oklahoma rallied from an early two-run deficit to top West Virginia, 4-3, in 10 innings in the opening game of the three-game series at Power Park.

The victory lifted the Sooners to 34-12 overall and allowed them to remain atop the Big 12 Conference standings at 11-5.

The Mountaineers dropped to 27-20 and 9-7.

It was a battle between the Big 12’s two hottest starting pitchers, but neither figured into the final decision.

OU’s Jonathan Gray gave up a season-high nine hits, but held the Mountaineers to three runs (two earned) over eight innings. The right-hander also struck out six.

The victory went to OU closer Jacob Evans (6-1).

He entered in the ninth inning and gave up just one hit over the final two innings.

West Virginia’s Harrison Musgrave hadn’t given up a run in 27 straight innings until OU picked up two runs in the third inning. Craig Aikin hit a bunt single to score Hector Lorenzana, and Jack Mayfield was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Aikin picked up the game-winning RBI with a fielder’s choice in the top of the 10th inning that allowed Garrett Carey, who went 2-for-4, to score the winning run.

Musgrave only allowed four hits and struck out 11 over seven innings. The only runs OU scored against him came in the third inning.

Corey Walter (4-5) took the loss. He allowed two runs on four hits over the final three innings.

The teams return to Power Park at 3 p.m. Saturday for Game 2 of the series. OU hasn’t named a starting pitcher, but OU coach Sunny Golloway said in the radio interview following the game that left-hander Dillon Overton could pitch today.

“We’re gonna let Dillon sleep tonight and see how he feels in the morning,” he said. “If he can’t go, we’ll throw Jake Fisher tomorrow and see about Sunday.”

Overton (8-2) missed his last start due to elbow inflammation.

John Shinn

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